Sitcom writers encounter some form of the following question with some regularity: “What’s it like to work in a sitcom writers room?”
I went from feeling stuck to feeling hopeful by flipping the script. Try it sometime.
If you're making a wishlist for friends and family, and you're a writer, I have some suggestions for you.
When writers feel compelled to take a non-writing class or workshop to help broaden their understanding of the craft, storytelling, or pitching - there are three main ways to go: improvisation, acting, and standup.
In college I was a playwright before I was a film student, and I studied every playwriting manual I could find. Yes, I'm an analysis geek, which was proven when I dug in and starting creating screenwriting software based on my whacky analysis-based structure theories.
When proponents of the Three Act Structure feel inclined to offer some justification for their faith in the System, they usually point to Aristotle.
There are several problems with the Three Act Structure of dramatic writing...
Over the past few years, the number of scripted TV shows has been steadily increasing while development and releases of features has been shrinking. As such, many feature writers are obviously looking for ways to transition to TV. And why not? Go where the work is.